Postconflict Displacements

in Culture in Chaos

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780226496412
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226496436 | DOI:
Postconflict Displacements

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This chapter examines how the transformation of social relations in Machaze, Mozambique during the war informed projects of postconflict return. It describes how the war-time development of transnational polygyny transformed the life strategies of Machazians in ways that placed them at odds with the international community's understanding of what repatriation should entail. This chapter argues that Machazian men sought to pursue new transnational life strategies that presumed continued social connections and investment in both Mozambique and South Africa.

Keywords: social relations; Machaze; Mozambique; postconflict return; transnational polygyny; repatriation; social connections; South Africa

Chapter.  8993 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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